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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

More Than One Weskit.

You may remember the post I made a long time ago regarding the wearing of more than one weskit/waistcoat in winter. Well here is some more documentation.
As you can see, some waistcoats had sleeves.
The body of a man found drowned in the Sault St-Louis opposite the house of Andre Lamarre; approximately five feet and a half tall, long auburn hair with a braid held against the head with a rosary, a shirt of common linen, a pair of breeches of homespun linen, a white short waistcoat, another brown one and a waistcoat fastened with a double row of pewter buttons, blue leggings.
Parish of Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil. 1747
Costume in New France, 1740-1760: A Visual Dictionary by Suzanne and Andre Gousse, page 66:



2 comments:

Lee said...

This picture of Lord Boyne in the Cabin of His Ship 1730–31 seems to show someone wearing a long sleeved waistcoat under a short sleeved one http://collections.rmg.co.uk/mediaLib/382/media-382891/large.jpg

Le Loup said...

Thank you Lee, well spotted. I do believe you are right. It is too heavy for a shirt, & not likely to wear a waistcoat over a jacket. So it is more likely to be as you say, a sleeved waistcoat.
Thanks again Lee.
Regards, Keith.